News & Notes – Coronavirus Lockdown, Week 3 (3/28/2020)

March 28, 2020 News & Notes 7

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Literary Losses

Terrance McNally (photo: Wikipedia)

Award-winning playwright Terrance McNally died March 24, 2020, at the age of 81, from complications of COVID-19. He was a lung cancer survivor, and suffered from COPD. McNally’s work includes the book (script) for the musicals Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Full Monty, and Anastasia, as well as a number of plays, film and television scripts, and opera librettos. He won Tony Awards for Best Book for Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman, and for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion and Master Class. His other honors include several Guggenheim Fellowships, an Emmy, two Drama Desk Awards, and a pair of Obie Awards.

Obituaries and tributes: CNN; The GuardianNPR. Bibliography and Biography: Goodreads; Wikipedia

Bookish News

Worth Reading/Viewing (not all book-related)

Free Fiction Online

A number of authors and companies are offering free fiction to lift your spirits while you’re on lockdown.

Movies & Shows

More Stay-At-Home Resources

Cool, Fun, and Awesome


Bookish Quote

7 Responses to “News & Notes – Coronavirus Lockdown, Week 3 (3/28/2020)”

  1. Berls

    Thanks for sharing that grocery shopping video. I’m going to have to figure out how I can adapt my home situation to be more careful with the food we get. Maybe I’ll make the floor the dirty and the counter the clean. I have groceries being delivered Wednesday to think about. I wonder if it would work to spray cardboard… Because I don’t know that I can empty everything that comes in cardboard. And damn, every package we’ve received… We don’t dump them right away. *sigh* this is so hard.

  2. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    Not sure if you’ve seen, but that “National Emergency Library” is not popular with authors right now. It’s essentially book piracy, and it’s claiming to do this because “libraries are shuttered” when all libraries that I know of have still kept their digital services open and are lending ebooks the same as they were before. I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter being absolute jerks to authors, and using that “Emergency Library” as an excuse to do so.

    I love the other links, though! Especially the one about Mo Willems teaching kids to draw. 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Hi, Nicole! Yes, I saw that, and I have removed the link from the post, and put a link to an article about the piracy in the April 4 News & Notes. I’m kind of surprised the original article I linked to hadn’t checked up on that before posting their article.

      • Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

        Yeah, I know what you mean. The first time I had seen the NPR link was when I saw authors complaining about it on Twitter. If I had seen it without context first, I don’t think I would have realized that the original article didn’t vet their links either. Very frustrating. 🙂